A tribute to eleven WW II G.I.s of the 333d U.S. Field Artillery Battalion and to all black American soldiers who served during World War II.
The Wereth 11 were eleven black G.I.s of the 333rd Field Artillary Battalion who were murdered by German SS after they had surrendered during the first days of the Battle of the Bulge. This memorial honors their memory and all black G.I.s and segregated units who fought in Europe during WW II. It is believed that this is the only memorial of its type in Europe.
The U.S. Wereth Memorial Project is a grassroots fundraising endeavor whose participants are private citizens and members of volunteer organizations. Our goal was to raise money to erect and sustain a permanent memorial to honor and remember these men. This goal has been accomplished.
The Memorial is located in Wereth, Belgium, which is a tiny hamlet in Eastern Belgium, on the site of the murders.
Currently we are seeking unit plaques and further donations. All contributions go toward sustaining the monument.
There are no administrative costs. If your unit would like to place a plaque at the site please contact us.
Adda Rikken about the Wereth 11.
This video clip was taken, with permission, from a documentary, 'Let Freedom Ring... The Lesson Is Priceless'.
This documentary was produced in July 2006 by LET FREEDOM RING and is available on DVD.
Cinematography and editing by OUTPOST WORLDWIDE.
Being part of the military doesn't just mean making sacrifices in life, sometimes life itself is the sacrifice.
Airman First Class Amanda Wowk tells us about a ceremony that remembers some of those sacifices.
Another tribute to the Wereth 11.